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Moving Out of the Chair:
Freeing up Creative Potential in the Therapeutic Relationship
With Roz Carroll, Yeva Feldman & Sissy Lykou

Saturday 7 December 2019 - London

How often do you feel 'stuck' in the chair when working with a client? Would you like to bring in other elements that support a transition into using the space? Many practitioners lack a sense of permission or training to know how to track micro-movements and to use kinaesthetic empathy to enable the client to take these further. We will draw on recognised approaches in psychotherapy which focus on embodiment and share ways of exploring the co-created relationship outside the confines of the chair.

In this one day workshop, we will invite curiosity about the experience of moving out of the chair and integrating relational movement awareness. We will explore what holds us back and how to keep the potential for movement alive in every moment of the interaction. We will be considering this from a variety of process perspectives including embodied, somatic and kinetic countertransference. Whilst some of these terms overlap, we will differentiate, track and unpack them individually.

This project is not about having an agenda to 'get the client out of the chair' but rather an enquiry into how we, as therapists limit the creative potential of movement in the therapeutic process. We will offer ways through which we can safely experiment with a variety of creative options including working with sensation, images and feelings, introducing art materials or props, designing a Gestalt 'experiment', relational improvisation and exploring rhythm and space.


Roz Carroll
Roz Carroll is a relational body psychotherapist and supervisor, originally trained at Chiron. She teaches 'Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy' on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre, and previously taught at The Bowlby Centre. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including 'Pushing the Envelope? Moving and being moved in Psychotherapy' in What is Normal? (2020) ... More >>

Yeva Feldman
Yeva Feldman is a Gestalt and Dance Movement Psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience working in mental health settings. She specialises in eating disorders. She has developed an embodied relational approach combining words and movement with an emphasis on relational contact. She has presented research on this methodology applied to the treatment of eating disorders and authored a chapter in Payne, H. (Ed.) (2017)... More >>

Sissy Lykou
Sissy Lykou is an integrative psychotherapist, dance movement psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer at Regent's University London. She practices in London privately and in community psychotherapy projects for children under five years of age and their parents/carers. She lectures on several university and professional training programmes in the UK and Europe, has worked on EU research projects at the Universities of Heidelberg and Athens, serves on journal editorial boards, and has published in books and international journals and is the co-editor of the book (in press) 'Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough' by Routledge... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Early bird: £100 (20 places until 4 October)
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
This event + the online module Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:25 Coffee
13:30 Lunch break
15:45 Tea
17:00 End